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College of Business

Graduate Admission Requirements

University of Wyoming's Business College, which houses the department of Economics and Finance

Please be sure to read this page carefully and review the Applicant Checklist and Graduate Application Materials pages for information about applying, requirements, and the application process. For more information regarding the cost of attendance, please click here (see also below for information about Financial Aid). If you are ready to start filling out the online application, please click here.

*It is important that you read the Applicant Checklist before submitting official documents for your application.


Minimum course requirements:

  • PhD: Calculus I & II, Statistics, Intermediate Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory; Linear Algebra
  • MS Economics: Calculus I & II, Statistics, Intermediate Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory

Minimum test requirements:

  • 310 GRE (verbal + quantitative) -- for PhD applicants
  • 300 GRE (verbal + quantitative) -- for MS program applicants
  • International applicants -- 540 paper based TOEFL; 207 computerized TOEFL; 76 Internet-based TOEFL; We will also accept official IELTS scores. A minimum score of 6.5 is required for full admission.
    • We waive the IETLS or TOEFL only if, by the time you would start our program, you will have a degree from an English-speaking university and will have lived in an English-speaking country for at least two years. We do not accept certificates from English as a Second Language programs as alternatives to the TOEFL or IELTS, because it is very difficult for us to gauge the quality of such programs. We view completion of such a program as preparation for the TOEFL or IELTS, not as a replacement.
  • Note: The above are minimum requirements; meeting them does not guarantee admission or funding.
  • Fees: All students must pay an admissions processing fee of $50 through the Admissions Office.
  • Deadlines: The deadline for a fall application is February 15th, and for spring, the deadline is October 15. PhD students are only considered for fall admittance.

Please note:

  • If accepted into a graduate program, official copies of GRE and TOEFL scores must be provided.
  • A subject GRE test is not required.
  • A written sample is not required as a part of your application.
  • Although not required, you are welcome to submit a resume.
  • The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4-point scale.

Financial Aid:

  • The economics PhD program offers competitive applicants an annual $16,785 assistantship plus full tuition and fees, including the full cost of student health insurance, for up to four years.
  • The economics MS programs offer competitive applicants an annual $6,039 assistantship, plus half the cost of tuition and fees and half the cost of student health insurance, for up to two years.
  • Importantly, all graduate students, including international ones, pay tuition at the in-state rate, provided they are awarded an assistantship.

For more information, please email Kristin Lewis, our department's Graduate Coordinator.

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